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Advanced Practice (Midwifery) - MSc

Course Description

This course gives registered midwives the opportunity to build upon their existing specialist knowledge and skills, widening their career opportunities.

Who is it for?

The course is designed for qualified midwives looking to advance into senior, advanced and educational posts within the midwifery profession, where a Masters qualification is often desired.

Completing an Advanced (Midwifery) MSc at City, University of London will not only demonstrate your ambition and aptitude for learning, it will increase your chances of success in your chosen career progression. Furthermore, our uniquely flexible programme provides you with the opportunity to tailor your learning to your unique learning needs and interests.


City’s Advance Practice in Health and Social Care (Midwifery) MSc is a natural progression from your preregistration Midwifery education as it provides you with the opportunity to build upon your specialist knowledge and skills in a way that will widen your career opportunities.

Our programme offers an exciting and flexible learning environment where compulsory modules are kept to a minimum. This means that you can choose some of your modules from a wide range optional modules, building a unique and challenging learning programme tailored to your individual development needs and interests.

The Masters programme offers teaching in the latest theoretical and clinical developments by academics belonging to the Centre for Maternal and Child Health who carry out leading world-class research aimed at improving the health and care of women, children, families and communities.

In the programme’s core modules you will gain a solid foundation of research skills and applied data analysis to support and extend your role as an evidence-based practitioner.


A work placement is not required for the MSc Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care (Midwifery). If you choose clinical modules you must be registered with the NMC and be working clinically within a healthcare setting.

Academic facilities

Our specialist Clinical Skills Centre at our Northampton Square Campus has been designed to give students a safe environment in which to practise their clinical and caring skills.

We have a range of specialist equipment that is used to simulate birthing situations from normal to emergency, to enable you to develop the skills you need no-matter the birthing situation you are supporting.

You will have access to a simulated six-bedded high dependency unit (HDU) with realistic equipment including piped oxygen, call bells, medicines and emergency equipment; laboratories, including a biology laboratory, allow students to rehearse their skills in preparation for practice in a range of placements, including clinics and women’s homes.

Teaching and learning

A blended approach to learning and teaching is adopted including institution-based taught modules, e-learning and work-based learning. Modules are run by experienced practitioners and leading researchers, using a variety of direct and interactive teaching methods. Students will learn in large and small multidisciplinary groups and will be supported and encouraged to participate in independent learning.

A variety of assessment methods are used to assess the course learning outcomes. The choice of assessment method will be influenced by the focus and learning outcomes of the modules. Assessment strategies include coursework, examinations, reports, seminar presentations, skills schedules and objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs).


The normal period of registration for a Masters degree is one year's taught programme for full-time students (plus up to one year for dissertation) or two years' taught programme for part-time students (plus up to one year for dissertation).

Students undertake 6 core, compulsory modules (including a dissertation module where you focus upon a topic area of your own choosing) and choose a further two elective taught modules. Alternatively students can take modules from this Masters degree as standalone CPPD (Continuing Personal and Professional Development) courses. In this case, course costs might vary. For further information please click on the CPPD links below each module. Students who successfully complete all modules can progress to the dissertation. Successful completion of the dissertation leads to the award of an MSc.

Core multidisciplinary modules
-Introduction to research methods and applied data analysis (30 credits)
-Critical approaches to advanced practice (15 credits)
-Dissertation (30 credits)

Discipline specific modules
-Midwifery theory and professionalism (15 credits)
-Risk and Midwifery Practice (15 credits)
-Knowledge, Evidence and Skills for normal birth (15 credits)

Elective modules - you may choose two 15 credit elective modules to study.
-Innovation in Maternity Care: Group Antenatal Care APM026 (15 credits)
-Physical Assessment -Neonates and Infants APM010 (15 credits)
-Critical Thinking & Diagnostic Reasoning-Neonates APM011 (15 credits)
-Leadership for Practice and Service Delivery NMM015 (15 credits)
-Education in the Workplace CHM002 (15 credits)
-Enhancing Critical Care Skills for Midwifery Practice APM021 (15 credits)
-Health Promotion NMM709 (15 credits)
-Psychology at Work NMM049 (15 credits)
-Psychology for Health and Social Care APM003 (15 credits)
-Pathophysiological Principles for Advanced Practice APM022 (15 credits)
-Contemporary Issues in Mental Health APM006 (15 credits)
-Health Policy in Britain HPM003 (15 credits)
-Politics, Power and the Health Policy Process HPM001 (15 credits)
-International Health Systems HPM004 (15 credits)
-Economics of Health Care HPM006 (15 credits)
-Quality Management & Action Evaluation of Health Programmes HMM006 (15 credits)
-Health Innovation and Change HMM008 (15 credits)
-Introduction to Public Health and Epidemiology PHM001 (15 credits)
-Social Determinants of Health PHM004 (15 credits)
-Global Health PHM003 (15 credits)
-Medicines Management NMM024 (15 credits)
-Psychology for Health and Social Care APM003 (15 credits)
-Advanced Research Methods HRM002 (15 credits)
-Advanced Data Analysis HRM003 (15 credits)

Career prospects

This course allows practitioners flexibility in developing specialist skills and knowledge at a highly demanding academic and practical level. The course will prepare students for a range of roles including midwife consultant and clinical leadership.

Visit the Advanced Practice (Midwifery) - MSc page on the City, University of London website for more details!

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SHS International Excellence Scholarship - No. of awards TBC

The School of Health Sciences (SHS), together with the University, has identified Postgraduate Programmes as a priority area for strategic expansion and part of this incentive is to increase the number of international (non-EU) students studying one of the Schools MSc programmes.We are therefore offering a number of SHS International Excellence Scholarships of up to £2,000 for students starting one of our MSc programmes in September 2016 and January 2017.Scholarship awards are confirmed on a rolling basis as applications are received, and you can expect to hear from us whether your scholarship application is successful when you are offered a place on the programme. Decisions will be final and made by a panel led by the Associate Dean of Postgraduate Studies. The award will be deducted from the September 2016 tuition fee instalment of a full-time student. For part-time students, half the amount will be deducted from the September 2016 tuition fee, and half from the September 2017 tuition fee.

Value of Scholarship(s)



This scholarship will be awarded to international postgraduate students showing academic and/or clinical/professional excellence, who are registered full or part-time, on one of the MSc programmes offered by the School of Health Sciences. It is only available to students applying for the full MSc programme (not the PG Cert or PG Diploma). Students cannot be in receipt of more than one scholarship/bursary.

Application Procedure

Applicants will automatically be considered for the scholarship on applying for their course.Awards are competitive and will be awarded for academic and clinical excellence as well as for exceptional innovation in enterprise as evidenced within your personal statement.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Applicants should hold a second class honours degree or the equivalent from an international institution in midwifery. Applicants without a degree may be considered on the basis of professional experience. Applicants should have at least one year's experience as a practising and registered midwife.

Last Updated

17 October 2016

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